Bio: Lori Heather Rice has been engaging minds since 1996 in elementary classrooms. She began teaching in the very elementary school she attended as a child. She has been nominated for and received many awards during her teaching career. Some of those awards include the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, USD 320 Elementary Teacher of the Year in 2010, Region 2 semi-finalist for Kansas Teacher of the Year 2011. She has received numerous grants such as USD 320 Lap Top Grant, Friends of the Park Train Project, Foods in the Classroom Grant, and Educate America Excellence in Teaching Sub-Grant "Project Write Home" for a home to school reading program. Lori has taught K-2 reading, kindergarten, first grade, looping K-1, and fourth grade. Her passions include helping students think critically using effective questioning and differentiated instruction. Lori enjoys learning, reading, playing with her own children, and questioning, so the endless queries of fourth graders make her smile instead of frown. A teacher, first and foremost, Lori also writes, blogs, and provides professional development for educators. Check out her classroom at www.riceclassroom.blogspot.com. Follow her professional page at http://lorihrice.wordpress.com/. Check out her resources too. http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Lori-Rice.